E-City Beat has confirmed that the two largest contributions to the 'Vote YES for Libraries' committee, which advocated in favor of the Great Falls Public Library levy in 2023, appear to have come in equal amounts from the spouses/partners of Susan McIntyre, the Library Director, and Whitney Olson, the Chair of the library board. According to the publicly available Montana...
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Cascade County Commissioners will conduct interviews on Tuesday with four candidates for election administrator, a newly-created county position. The candidates are Terry Thompson, Nancy Donovan, Lynn DeRoche and Rina Fontana-Moore. Details of the meeting, including a Zoom link, are found at: https://cascadecountymt.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_02062024-643 Election duties in Cascade County were historically the responsibility of the clerk and recorder, but on December 12...
Opinion by Jeni Dodd I grew up experiencing a local library as an enchanting place to discover literature, gatherinformation and explore ideas. A place for informing and educating but also a placewhere parents could be assured that their children were safe in that exploration —physically, mentally and spiritually.I’ve since learned that although a local library may appear on the outside...
On January 16 at the Great Falls City Commission meeting I proposed an initiative to meet a process deadline which would have then given the City Commission, the library board, and the public three months time (90 days) to review and have a discussion about a 30-year-old agreement between the City and the Great Falls Public Library Board of...
Editors note: the following is a press release from Jeni Dodd. Sign the Petition for Referendum to Repeal Resolution 23-62! Cascade County Commissioners Briggs and Larson passed the resolution to remove election duties from the Clerk/Recorder, thereby negating the will of the voters who voted for a combined Clerk/Recorder AND ELECTION ADMINISTRATOR in November 2022. Petition available to sign at Liberty Hall,...
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Our regular feature highlighting a few of the latest and most interesting local and national news items from various sources. Gianforte to run for reelection, from MTN News:Gianforte announces run for second term as Montana governor (ktvh.com) School bomb threats across Montana, from KRTV:https://www.krtv.com/news/montana-and-regional-news/bomb-threats-received-at-many-montana-schools Great Falls Fire Rescue responds in brutal cold, from ABC/FOX Non-Stop Local:https://www.montanarightnow.com/great-falls/news/gffr-steps-up-for-the-community-in-the-face-of-arctic-cold-front/article_c3c39998-b4b5-11ee-b615-d7d49b8d4a1e.html
Over the past few months I have received quite a few emails in my city commission mailbox from local constituents with the subject line, 'Reaffirm your commitment to America’s closest ally, Israel.' The content of the email is the same but from many different local folks concerned about the ongoing war in Israel. You can read it in its entirety...
Our regular feature highlighting a few of the latest and most interesting local and national news items from various sources. Bomb threat at Cascade County Courthouse, from the Great Falls Tribune:https://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2024/01/04/bomb-threat-at-cascade-county-courthouse-in-great-falls/72107533007/ Gallatin County District Court Judge Mike Salvagni issues temporary halt to two zoning bills, from MTPR:https://www.mtpr.org/montana-news/2024-01-04/new-housing-density-laws-blocked-pending-court-challenge Emergency crews respond to fire in Great Falls Fox Farm area, from KRTV:https://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-news/structure-fire-reported-in-fox-farm-neighborhood
Editor's note: as is the case with our 'letters to the editor', the following editorial content by Commissioner Grulkowski doesn't necessarily reflect the views or opinions of E-City Beat, our volunteer staff, or contributors. As we move into a New Year in Cascade County, I will take an opportunity to reflect on 2023, a year as your newly elected Cascade...

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